Derelict shop owner not so sweet

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THE owner of the former Sugar Mountain sweet shop has ignored an offer from Hawick Community Council to help spruce up the dilapidated property.

It was heard this week that the St Boswells-based owner has not responded to a letter asking him to attend a meeting with local officials, despite the assurance of a small grant to improve the shop’s appearance.

Chairman John Hope stated: “Regeneration officer Julie Hogg is going to try and work directly with the owner. She is also concerned about the state of the Liberal Club above.”